UFC Vegas 53: Francisco Figueiredo Stuns Daniel Lacerda da Silva With Lightning-Fast Kneebar

Francisco Figueiredo and Daniel Lacerda Da Silva UFC Vegas 53
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - APRIL 30: (L-R) Francisco Figueiredo of Brazil kicks Daniel Da Silva of Brazil in a flyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event at UFC APEX on April 30, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Daniel Lacerda da Silva faced off with Francisco Figueiredo at UFC Vegas 53, in an all-Brazilian flyweight match-up on the preliminary card.

Figueiredo and da Silva were both looking to bounce back from recent losses, and make their way up in the 125 pound division — currently ruled by Figueiredo’s brother Deiveson.

A fight that appeared to have barn-burner written all over it instead ended after mere moments on the ground.

While da Silva found his range early, within a minute he was on top of Figueiredo off a takedown attempt. Despite the apparent advantage in position, da Silva suddenly found himself on the wrong side of a kneebar submission. Following a couple of transitions that began with Figueiredo on his back, the flyweight known as “Sniper” had the submission locked in. Sensing his leg was in serious jeopardy, Daniel da Silva quickly tapped, and that was the fight!

“I’ve been training jiu-jitsu a lot,” Figueiredo said following the bout, adding that it had just came out during the fight. When he was taken down, he was in his comfort zone. “I trained to get out of there,” Figueiredo stated.

The win moves Francisco Figueiredo to 2-1 in the UFC, and he’s looking for a quick turnaround. “I’ll stay in Las Vegas and fight next week,” he said to cap off his post fight interview.

Official Result: Francisco Figueiredo def. Daniel Lacerda da Silva by submission (kneebar), Round 1, 1:18